After 13 days on the NHL COVID list, Boston Bruins goalie Jaro Halak was cleared to begin his trek back into the Bruins’ lineup Saturday and is expected to rejoin his teammates for practice on Monday.
In a Sunday morning Zoom call with the media. Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy was asked about Halak’s status -both physically and mentally – on Sunday morning.
“He’s skating; he just has to do it on his own,” Cassidy replied prior to his team’s big tilt with the Washington Capitals Sunday. “Hasn’t been integrated with the group yet. I believe his date is tomorrow if I’m not mistaken, where he can get back with us. So, he’s doing well. Obviously, tough when you’re in quarantine, not much going on, but ya gotta grind it out. A few guys have had to do it for that length of time, but no, he’s feeling good.”
The fact that Halak has been able to begin his comeback from what was a long, but seemingly free of major symptoms bout with COVID has the Boston Bruins goalie in a ‘good place’.
“He’s working on his game and getting back into the mix,” Cassidy went on. “They have to go through a battery of tests as well to make sure that everything else is OK and he’s been through all of those so it’s just a matter of getting him back here with us and that’s tomorrow. Until he gets some reps with us, we don’t know when he’ll get back in there next but just glad to see him around the rink, in a good place, and back with the group.”
Halak’s last start was on April 3 when he gave up five goals on 28 shots in a 7-5 win for the Boston Bruins over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Halak is 9-5-3 with a 2.44 GAA and .910 save percentage.
Cassidy also said that defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (upper-body) will join the team for their upcoming five-game road trip.